St. Paul Pioneer Press
ROCHESTER, Minn. -- A month after undergoing back surgery, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton remained hospitalized at the Mayo Clinic Thursday, Nov. 15, with what he described as “damage to my lungs” from a “post-surgical complication.” Last month, Dayton, 71, underwent two surgeries at the Rochester hospital that involved fusing vertebrae in his lower back. At the time, his office issued a statement calling both surgeries “successful.” The statement said, “The Governor is conscious and resting comfortably at Mayo Clinic, where he will remain for the next few days.”
ST. PAUL -- Jeff Johnson, the Republican candidate for governor, plans to leave politics after his term as a Hennepin County commissioner ends in 2020. Johnson, originally from Detroit Lakes, was defeated by Congressman Tim Walz in last week’s gubernatorial election. It was Johnson’s third failed bid for statewide office.
ST. PAUL -- A janitor at an elementary school in St. Paul who wrote lewd, anonymous notes to a 10-year-old was ordered to spend 60 days in custody. A Ramsey County District Court judge delivered Oscar Herrera’s sentence Tuesday, about a month and a half after the 23-year-old pleaded guilty to one count of felony-level stalking for his conduct. A second felony charge Herrera faced was dismissed.
ROSEMOUNT, Minn. -- A Twin Cities metro area educator who works with students with special needs is on leave after suggesting in a social media post that someone should kill new U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The post was made on Saturday, Oct. 6, the same day Kavanaugh was confirmed to the high court, from a Twitter account that has since been deleted. It read: “So whose (sic) gonna take one for the team and kill Kavanaugh?”
COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. -- John Gagliardi, who won more college football games than any coach in history, turning St. John’s into a powerhouse, has died Sunday, Oct. 7, at the age of 91. Gagliardi won 489 games in his 64 seasons, 60 of them leading the Johnnies. He won four national championships, in 1963 and 1965 (NAIA), and 1976 and 2003 (NCAA Division III), before retiring in 2012.
ST. PAUL—Minnesota's unemployment rate fell to 2.9 percent in August, the lowest it has been in nearly 19 years. The rate was 3 percent in July, according to a report released Thursday, Sept. 20, by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, or DEED. The last time the seasonally adjusted rate fell below 3 percent was in December 1999. The record-low jobless rate for the state is 2.5 percent, which was recorded in January and February 1999. The national unemployment rate in August was 3.9 percent.
DODGE CENTER, Minn. -- Investigators say the driver of a Hummer was putting away his cellphone when he rear-ended a car in Dodge County earlier this month, killing a woman and her daughter, according to a Rochester Post Bulletin report. Tanner Kruckeberg, 24, of Dodge Center allegedly told the Minnesota State Patrol that “he was looking down at his center console area to put away his cellular phone” when he crashed into the back of a Mercury Milan, the Post Bulletin report said.
BLAINE, Minn. -- A small vintage aircraft was engulfed in flames Thursday morning, Aug. 23, after crashing on the runway at the Anoka County-Blaine airport, authorities say. A 65-year-old man from Ham Lake was flying alone when he crashed around 11:05 a.m., Blaine Police Chief Brian Podany said. The pilot was airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center with serious but not life-threatening injuries, he said. Two passersby driving north of the airport jumped a chain-link fence to help the man amid the burning wreckage, Podany said.
ST. PAUL—The Minnesota attorney general's office Tuesday joined Democratic officials from 16 other states in suing the Trump administration to force the federal government to reunify families split apart while attempting to cross the United States border.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- A Bloomington woman was arrested over the weekend after a domestic dispute left her husband dead, police say. Bloomington police responded shortly after 8 p.m. Sunday, May 27, to a domestic assault at a residence where they found 53-year-old Michael Scott Carpenter unconscious and suffering from head injuries, according to a news release issued Monday by the Bloomington Police Department.